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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas James Carrothers (1880-1967)


Born in West Williams County, Ontario, he moved to the Austin district of Manitoba in 1896 where he and his father homesteaded. He was active in machinery and mechanics, agriculture, horticulture, and beekeeping. He was a member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association in the early 1920s. He and his wife were noted for their experiments grafting trees and growing flowers.

On 24 March 1909, he married Etta May Giles. They had ten children: Donald Ephriam Carrothers, Eldon Carrothers, Clifford Carrothers, Stanley Carrothers, Clarence Carrothers, Louis Carrothers, Isabelle Carrothers (Mrs. D. Enta), Vera Carrothers (Mrs. H. Coward), Violet (Mrs. T. E. Wright) and Grace Carrothers (Mrs. H. Boughton). He was a trustee for Austin School and a member of Austin Baptist Church. He and son Donald were active in the establishment of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin, donating 50 acres where the museum is now situated.

He died at MacGregor on 15 December 1967 and was buried in the Austin Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1967.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2013

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